Skulls are one of those things that you just can’t have enough of around the house. Sean and I are always on the lookout for people to recruit as skullfinders for us, since we pretty much stay at home and blog like city folk and don’t make it out to the deep woods enough to expand our collection. I like a nice clean yet weathered animal skull salvaged straight from the forest floor, but I am also into decorated skulls. Peter Deligdisch, aka Peter Draws, is doing stunning things with skulls. He burns his line drawings and patterns into the bone, driving the pyrographic patterns into the very cells of the animal. The result is gorgeous, a tattooed kaleidoscope of scorch and ink on the surface of deer, fox and bear skulls. Below take a look at some of the pieces he has created and also a video of his pyrography on a bear skull. You can also pick up a book of his drawings here!
Q: What was it that got you into drawing and design? Did Punk and Hardcore have any bearing on the style you’ve eventually developed into?
I’ve been into art for as long as I can remember, but as for the style that I work in now…I’d say music in general influenced that heavily. From punk and hardcore to metal to noise etc.
Well, to be honest Brandon, it stemmed from being impatient and selfish. I have always been pretty controlling over my own artwork and wasn’t going to wait around for someone else to recognize it and help me out. A lot of the first releases for the label were of my own bands. Demo cassettes and CD’s released under the assumed name “Down And Out Records”. But I ended up changing the name for there was a mediocre rap label that already owned the copyrights to that name. I like having the ability to release material of my own or for other artists when we want, how we want. The label serves as a catalyst to assist in the distribution of quality, genuine art. When running a label with this model profit by default is the last thing you strive to obtain.
This week Kris Kuksi opened his fourth outstanding solo show Revival at Joshua Liner Gallery. From all of the pieces I have seen, Kris once again has created sculptures that are unbelievably ornate and captivating! Check out what the director Guillermo del Torro has to say about Kris Kuksi’s artistic expression:
“A postindustrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes. The political, spiritual, and material conflict within these shrines is enacted under the calm gaze of remote deities and august statuary. Kuksi manages to evoke, at once, a sanctum and a mausoleum for our suffocated spirit.
What decade changed my life the most? The 80′s, hands down. Growing up back then was a trip…it was a job to find new music, but that’s what made it fun. Today I saw something that took my mind to my teenage years: cassette spine art. I know that I was a person that would totally trick out my tapes, and I took pride in writing the bands’ logos on their spines. Check these cool pictures from before music went digital and cassettes were Number #1…do you remember the time?
By Marina Galperina
Last week, artist Petr Pavlensky nailed himself to the ground near Kremlin in the Red Square, “by the balls” — technically, the scrotum — and it echoed dramatically in the press.
Though he was initially detained and released without charges, he is now facing a vague “hooliganism” charge and up to five years in jail. I spoke to the artist at length this weekend, over the phone in Russian — about the recent developments in case, about Pussy Riot, about art, forms of resistance and the Russian society’s passive fixations, about physical pain, jail and other phobias.
He says he’s not a performance artist, but an actionist — if you must classify him. He has no political alliances. Ideologically, he’s an Anarchist. This is our interview. Stay tuned.
Has international press attention directly impacted the investigation and resulted in charges now suddenly being filed against you?
To charge me with anything, plaintiffs had to be located. I learned through a link to a forum that a group called “The Society of Resistance Against Russophobia” (or something like that) filed a complaint. How will this unravel? I understand what context I am in, politically; I account for my actions. To me, the consequences – the authority’s reaction, its displeasure – may express itself in several forms. I’m in a dialogue with the authority.
GILA MONSTER JAMBOREE: This gig, January 5, 1985, 100 miles out into the Mojave Desert, was our first “L.A.” gig, first time we’d played on the west coast, part of an airplane tour from Seattle on south. That picture of us “in the back of a Chevy” on the Death Valley ’69 12-inch is also from this trip. The gig was organized by one Stuart Sweezy, now of Amok Press (check it out!), who had this penchant for strange locations — Minutemen and Meat Puppets on a barge on the S.F. Harbor, another desert gig with Einsterzende Neubauten… your ticket entitled you to a map to the gig site which was not handed out until the morning of the show (to prevent scans). Else you could buy a place on one of the buses hired to transport those transported souls with better things to do than cope with the road. The gig started early in the day with Psi-Com, which featured a barefoot Perry Farrell skanking in the sand and waxing poetic. Redd Kross followed, and by the time we went on it was about twilight. These songs were mostly brand new at the time, from the as-yet unreleased Bad Moon Rising LP. We’d waited a long time to make it west, and this was a pretty perfect introduction. Bob Bert was on the drums with us at the time. The cover photo, by someone named Alan Peak, all trails and blurr, sums up the occasion quite well. Band portrait by Naomi Petersen. This video was shot by the folks at Flipside Magazine. After us came the Meat Puppets, who played on into the night as the desert cold set in, under a big ring around the moon.
This totally speaks to the nerd living inside of me – Sholim’s Animated Gif & Surreal Mechanical Heads. In the age we are living in, GIFs have become a part of our culture and on certain levels have become art! When you look at Sholim’s work long enough, you can see the deeper meanings he is trying to communicate about our society. Besides all of that, they are fun to look at, so check them out NOW!